Primary Institution:Dartmouth College
Current SEPA Project
Roger D. Sloboda, who holds the Ira Allen Eastman Chair at Dartmouth, has been a professor there for the past 40 years (a fact he is finding more and more amazing of late). Prior to arriving at Dartmouth, he did his graduate work with Walter Auclair at Rensselaer and conducted postdoctoral research with Joel Rosenbaum at Yale. In addition to his research and teaching duties, he has in the past served Dartmouth as Dean of Graduate Studies and as Associate Provost for Research. His teaching responsibilities include courses in introductory biology, cell biology, and biochemistry. Over many years, from his training days forward to the start of his administrative duties around the turn of the century, his research focused on microtubule assembly. After a few years paying his dues in administration he was awarded a paid leave which he spent back at Yale, again in the Rosenbaum lab, this time studying flagellar assembly and disassembly in the model organism Chlamydomonas. Upon his return to Dartmouth he changed his research direction to begin a study of the flagellar tip, where a lot of interesting things are happening during flagellar assembly and disassembly, funded by grants from the NIH and NSF. Having always been interested throughout his career in science education, during summers at the MBL in Woods Hole, MA he has served on the Board of Trustees of the MBL, the Board of Directors of the Children’s School of Science, and the Board of Trustees of the Montshire Museum of Science. In ’05-06, he was named an Education Fellow in the Life Sciences by the National Academies. His efforts in the past decade have also included pre-college science education and STEM retention issues. In this arena, he has been the PI on two science education awards from HHMI which supported a number of new initiatives, including an innovative teaching program aimed at retaining undergraduates in the sciences and a program designed to enhance the science education of students in the elementary grades of a local, under served school system. Most recently, he is contributing to an NSF funded project designed to test the effect of student writing assignments in college science courses. He also continues to conduct his research on the assembly and disassembly of Chlamydomonas flagella, often reflecting on the fact that the flagella of this organism are identical in protein composition to human flagella and cilia, yet humans are separated from Chlamydomonas by over two billion years of evolution. This fact leaves him almost (but not completely) speechless every time he thinks about it.